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Suhas Palshikar, K C Suri, and Yogendra Yadav

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780198099178

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: June 2014

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198099178.001.0001

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Survival in the Midst of Decline

Survival in the Midst of Decline

A Decade of Congress Rule in Maharashtra, 1999–2009

(p.431) 21 Survival in the Midst of Decline
Party Competition in Indian States

Suhas Palshikar

Rajeshwari Deshpande

Nitin Birmal

Oxford University Press

Maharashtra was always known as a textbook example of Congress dominance. It was also one of the last states to have slipped out of the hands of the Congress party. Since 1999, two Congress parties, namely the Indian National Congress and the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) c have formed an alliance and they manage to retain power only in alliance with each other. This chapter argues that in comparison to many other states, the decline of the Congress in Maharashtra has been somewhat limited and its recovery too has been only limited. It reports the outcome of the 2009 elections to Lok Sabha and State Assembly and attempts to situate these outcomes in the context of popular perceptions about the government and the social bases of the major parties.

Keywords:   Maharashtra, Congress dominance, Nationalist Congress Party, Indian National Congress, Shiv Sena, Maharashtra Navnirman Sena

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